Events for the 2020/21 Season:
Due to the pandemic, all Toronto Centre events will be virtual until further notice
Music and Mental Health in Lockdown:
Friday, May 7th, at 7:30 pm on Zoom**.
How should musicians react to the challenges of life in lockdown as we pass the 1-year anniversary of COVID-19? With the loss of our normal opportunities for community music-making, difficulty in accessing practice instruments, and the ongoing anxiety of watching the pandemic unfold, the events of the past year have taken a significant psychological toll for performing artists. We'll be joined by Marilyn Lerner, an internationally-acclaimed jazz pianist and composer based here in Toronto who is also a practicing psychoanalyst. Marilyn will offer her perspective on the challenges of life in lockdown based on her clinical practice as well as her own experience as a performer, and will reflect on her unique career at the intersection of music and psychotherapy.
Occupational Safety and Healthy Practicing for Organists:
Friday, May 14th, at 7:30 pm on Zoom**.
With many organists taking the time to practice more intensively and learn new solo repertoire, this year is a perfect opportunity to focus on healthy practice habits and pay close attention to the basics of our playing technique. Sarah Svendsen will offer an informal session drawn from her doctoral research at the University of Toronto on occupational health and safety issues for organists, where you'll have a chance to hear about her research, ask questions, and get a preview of her research findings.
Rashaan Allwood In Recital:
Friday, May 28th on YouTube.
A versatile musician active as a pianist, harpsichordist, and organist, Rashaan is the winner of numerous awards including first prizes in the Concours d'orgue de Québec in 2017 and the organ category of the Canadian National OSM Manulife competition in 2016; he was recently recognized as one of CBC top 30 classical musicians under 30. Recently returned to Toronto after graduate studies in the United States, he is currently Director of Music at St Ansgar Lutheran Church. His online recital program for us will include performances recorded at different churches in Toronto, and will include a variety of repertoire including his own transcription of Franz Liszt's orchestral tone poem Orpheus. The video will premiere on the Toronto Centre’s YouTube channel: RCCO Toronto
Annual General Meeting:
Monday, June 14th, 6:30 pm social; 7:00 pm meeting on Zoom**.
RCCO Toronto Centre Executive
Aaron James, Sebastian Moreno, Mark Ruhnke, David Simon
Please email Centre President Aaron James (firstname.lastname@example.org) to confirm the location and starting time of an upcoming executive meeting if you would like to attend.
If you wish to bring up any business at the meeting, you must email with this at least 1 week before the meeting date so it can be put on the agenda.
Barwell Piano Student Scholarship Program
Scholarships are available to PIANO Students of Grade 8 (RCM) or higher level who have a serious interest in the study of the organ. The deadline for applications is April 30th each year. Application forms are available for download here. For more information, please contact Mel Hurst at 416-239-8530 or by email at email@example.com.